Hi guys! I’m having a rough week and I really need to sleep more. It’s just one of those days where I want to curled up in my blanket all day.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask as you might guess is a cleansing mask. I’ve been using this for around 5 months now and here’s how it’s been.
I know most people love this product but I haven’t had a great experience with it. Firstly, I have dry skin so it’s probably a bit too much for me. It’s partly my fault because I didn’t read too many reviews and people with normal/oily skin seem to like it more (although the website mentions that it’s for all skintypes). I spotted the Origins counter at an airport and went into a daze when I bought this…
The mask itself is thick grey coloured paste. You need a coin sized amount which would be enough for the face and neck. Quick quote about how the ingredients work together taken from the website, “Activated Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, White China Clay absorbs environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities.”
The first time I used it, I kept it on for 10-12 minutes. Towards the end, I could feel my skin being pulled and it was terribly uncomfortable. When I looked it the mirror, I could literally see my skin, particularly near the laugh lines being stretched horribly. I started splashing water which gave some relief. Also didn’t help that this mask takes a while to come off, even with a washcloth.
This fiasco gave me dry patches and I didn’t touch this mask for the next two weeks. Clearly, I left it on for too long. The next time I tried it, I put on a thicker layer (so it doesn’t dry too quickly) and decided to take it off the minute I felt any mild discomfort. Took it off around the 5 minute mark and thankfully, no excessive dryness. I haven’t used it on my entire face too many times, overall I found it just too drying.
Let’s talk results! I mainly get blemishes around my chin and in the next few days some of them did surface. I also had a few whiteheads, some of which weren’t visible anymore. I didn’t notice a huge brightening effect, it was very subtle. I definitely get a clearer complexion when I use my exfoliating mask, Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. It also made the pores appear smaller but again, it’s obviously not something that lasts.
I think the mask is effective but I probably can’t get full use out of it because I keep it on for a little while. I only use it on my chin while I use another cleansing mask on the rest of my face. It’s very constricting which is something I haven’t experienced with other cleansing masks I’ve tried.
It has a nondescript mild earthy scent which I do like. I haven’t really felt a tingle while using this so it’s not very irritating. It comes in a tube packaging which is convenient. I have the 100ml version but you also get a travel size one.
Again, depending on your skintype (normal/oily/combination) you might actually find this great to use. I just just found it too uncomfortably drying. I’m still using this up by targeting it to areas where I tend to be spotty, generally on my chin. That’s worked well for me so far. I won’t be repurchasing this though. The other masks that I’m trying, Alpha-H Pore Refining & Balancing Mask and Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque are much more suited for my skintype (and effective as well).
Name : Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
Ingredients : Water (Aqua), Myrtus Communis Leaf Water (Myrtle), Kaolin, Bentonite (CI 77004), Butylene Glycol, Montmorillionite, Polysorbate 20, PEG 100 Stearate, Charcoal Powder, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, PEG 150 Distearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Simethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexl Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Dehydroacetate Acid, Phenoxyethanol
Product Amount : 100ml
Price : $25
Final Rating : 3/5